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Sharing Jesus in the Arab speaking world

12 January 2023

Isolation is a reality for Christians and seekers in many parts of the Arab world. Who can they turn to with their questions? How can they grow more deeply in faith? Does anyone even care and take their doubts and concerns seriously?

Talmatha is a discipleship programme with the goal of reaching out to the Arab people in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa with sound biblical teaching that can lead non-believers to Christ and help new believers grow in their knowledge of Christ equipping them on their journey of faith.

Our hope for the project is that TWR will be able to:

  • Reach and teach believers from a non-Christian background with the Word of God
  • Disciple “newborn” believers so they grow and mature as children of God and eventually self-sustain their growth
  • Provide a full manual of the material which complements the radio programme and enables consistent discipleship.

The need for the Talmatha programme was envisioned as a result of receiving many inquiries, requests and questions from our “newborn” listeners throughout the years. Many shared of a  pressing need for a programme that disciples and teaches them the Word of God. These listeners were deprived of going to church or having a Bible due to their countries’ religious and political restrictions.

Believing in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19 to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and realizing the importance to fulfil our listeners’ needs, Talmatha was born with God’s glory and the people’s spiritual nourishment in mind.

Talmatha has been airing from two powerful medium wave (MW) transmitters that are strategically located in the area and are well received among the Arab people: in the direction of the Middle East and covering the region of North Africa.

The programme is comprised of 390 half an hour episodes being aired four days a week. As well as the radio broadcasts Talmatha is also accompanied by a full manual to enable consistent discipleship. The written material includes manuals for group leaders (three series of four books each) that are offered to small groups as well as for private study; these are also available on the internet. Within the first two weeks, forty-four people enrolled to start weekly discipleship lessons from the Talmatha programme.

Talmatha has been such a ray of light and hope for Christians and non-Christian seekers alike and it is the strong desire of the Arabic Ministry team to continue serving their people with the tools that God has provided them with.

You can access the Arabic material here:

Also available in English here:

Listener Stories:

“You came as an answer to my prayers! I’m a Christian from a non-Christian background and I was praying for a long time to find a way to be discipled remotely and study the Word of God through a trusted source! I’m thankful for you reaching out to me and initiating contact by sending me the Talmatha lessons. Please do count me in! Bless your efforts in serving Jesus.”

“Receiving your email to offer me Talmatha lessons is a divine appointment because I know my faith is weak and the Talmatha programme is powerful, although I’ve just listened to a few episodes! I’m excited to be enrolled in your Discipleship!”

“As if the Lord sent you to me at the right time, because I need to grow in my faith and the Word of God. I am in North Africa and I have no one to rely on to disciple me. Bless you.”

“I have come to Jesus through you and I believe it is time for me to get deeper into my relationship with the Lord through the Talmatha Lessons, I’m in! May you be blessed.”

“You need to know that we will be seven people ready to receive the lessons of Talmatha on a weekly basis and we will try to study them. If we have questions, we will be sending them to you directly! Thank you.”

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for the protection of new believers who are facing persecution.
  • Pray for those who are requesting the discipleship material and programme from Talmatha, pray that they would grow in their life with Jesus, spread the gospel and bring others to Christ.
  • Please pray for strength and wisdom for the Arabic Team as they cope with an overwhelming flow of communication. This is a good problem to have.
  • The Middle East continues to be one of the most unstable parts of the world. God has put us in the right place at the right time to minister to people who need to hear the message of hope. Pray that the people of Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Sudan who are facing challenging times can find hope through the TWR Arabic programmes. Pray that we can continue to speak hope to this broken world.
  • Pray for the ongoing challenges with social media as our channels are restricted now and then. Pray for wisdom to overcome these challenges and to discover new ways to distribute our content